Ribbon Ball

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Project by peteg posted 07-23-2014 04:12 AM 3010 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another follow on with the Ribbon series, The material used was RIMU, there are six pieces to the finished work.
It has been textured with Jo S’ paste mixed with acrylic paints.
It stands about 6’ high.
Any comments welcome

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 04:22 AM

Nice looking piece of art. I wouldn’t know where to begin.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 04:35 AM

It is really trickier than the first one. I tried to go around it many times but I lost the starting point every time.. How much wood turning is in it? Congratulation, Pet.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 05:11 AM

This is really amazing and beautiful! Your skill and art are more than outstanding!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 05:48 AM

That is one fine piece of work Pete.
Not enough to get us all guessing how it is made, you did have to go and add the colours and textures didn’t you …...
Did you take progress shots this time?

Thanks for this one. It’s a peach.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 06:00 AM

Your really onto something now Pete, this is great piece of art. Lovely finish and excellent texturing. Look forward to the next one. Thanks for sharing. To cold over here to do much in the shop.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 07-23-2014 07:24 AM

Paul you are right, the devil is in the hidden detail,
the piece is another smaller piece than the one posted, made from 6 pieces of timber that have been glued face to face (machined) using a paper & pvc joint, these are then turned & split, re-joined to what ever shape you are after.
This ribbon series is based on all faces being 60* (equilateral ) which means when split they can be re-joined onto any of the 3 faces, this is where the accuracy comes in, if you are out then your match up will be out.
The last pic shows a split piece plus one in the lathe & another to be turned.
The Maths can get interesting with these as one piece is bigger with the other 3 being smaller to get around the corners & complete the ball.
Hard to explain but hope this throws some light on things,
Many thanks fopr the interest, but DO be carefull these, really can do your head in.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 07-23-2014 09:12 AM

Very arty work Pete, I really like it a lot. Nicely balanced and very interesting form.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-23-2014 10:08 AM

Mind boggling piece of work. The explanation you give, especially the 60 degree cuts, does a good job describing how you do these. It is a beauty for sure. Nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 07-23-2014 11:27 AM

Holy Batman, Pete. That is just awesome.
Love the finish too.

And thanks for the explain,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 07-23-2014 11:50 AM

G’day, Pete.
Ah , Ha….......Now I see how you did it. The trick is in getting perfect equilateral triangle shapes. You are a very accurate turner to accomplish that over and over to get enough perfect pieces. Thanks for showing the process.

You have made a very artfully designed piece that will get a lot of people thinking but could never get to how you did it with out these process shots. Very slick, my friend!!!!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 12:00 PM

Really cool piece o art.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 07-23-2014 12:11 PM

Pete very well done. Love the finished piece.. Nice texture and color. Great job

-- Ron Campbell

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#13 posted 07-23-2014 12:53 PM

i will not even begin to figure this out, i’ve lost to much gray matter over the years of pain, but i will say BRAVO, this is a beauty mate…i love to look at it and let my woodworking self play with the ideas of how, just for a little bit, then i just admire it for what it is, beautiful art, thanks pete

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-23-2014 02:44 PM

You rascal, Pete! You’ve done it again – twisted my mind!
I was looking for a single edge – i.e. Mobius strip???? Looks like 3 separate continuous edges intertwined.
Fantastic piece!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#15 posted 07-23-2014 03:54 PM

Beautiful, Pete!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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